Do I Have to Replace My 20-Year-Old Air Conditioner?

June 9, 2023
HVAC services

If the air conditioner in your Lake Charles, Louisiana home has already offered two full decades of service, now is the time to replace it. This remains true even if your AC reliably turns on each summer and continues to produce cool air. Read on to find out why.

Your Air Conditioner Is No Longer Efficient

Air conditioners experience ongoing efficiency losses all throughout their lifetimes. Most air conditioners lose as much as half of their efficiency after just 10 years of service. After 20 years, your AC is probably costing you a veritable fortune to run.

Residential Cooling Equipment Has Changed

Over the past two decades, major changes have occurred in home cooling systems. Freon or R-22 refrigerant has been replaced by R-401a or Puron. In fact, even Puron is now being phased out. If your air conditioner still uses R-22, scheduling refrigerant recharge service will prove all but impossible. Moreover, with both the domestic production and the importation of Freon being outlawed, if you find an HVAC company that offers this coolant, you’ll have to pay very high price to get it.

Keep Your Home on Par With Current Market Standards

If you haven’t replaced your air conditioner in 20 years or more, your home isn’t on par with current market standards. If you ever choose to refinance your home or sell, you may be disappointed with its appraisal. Upgrading your home cooling system is a great way to enhance the value and overall appeal of your property.

Your Indoor Air Quality Will Improve

Even with diligent maintenance and cleaning, older AC systems can harbor a lot of allergens, contaminants, and pathogens. If you and other building residents are constantly sniffling and sneezing, replacing your old cooling equipment could alleviate these common indoor air quality (IAQ) symptoms.

Your Repair Costs Will Go Down

It’s rare for air conditioners to last 20 years or more without needing costly repairs. If you add all of your recent repair costs up, you may find that you’ve already spent a hefty sum. As your air conditioner continues to age, you can expect your repair bills to keep coming. Installing a new AC is easily the most cost-effective choice.

Since 1999, we’ve been helping residents of Lake Charles, LA maintain cool, comfortable homes. We offer heater and air conditioner maintenance, installation, and repair services. We also offer ductless mini-splits, duct cleaning, and IAQ solutions. To schedule an appointment, get in touch with ACR Air Conditioning & Heating now.

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